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Good Holiday Ideas | May 21, 2024

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Brighton-born Trevor Leggett, real Brit with a French name, is France’s leading estate agent, with a team of 700-plus agents –  a huge increase from his start some 20 years ago when he left the UK to seek his fortune in France.

After setting up in the Dordogne, a favourite French area for emigrating  Brits, Trevor branched out and his slick style and great agency ideas worked well and he expanded a small family business into France’s largest estate  agent, with multi-lingual staff.

Keen skier Trevor, aged 50, has expanded quietly and efficiently has now expanded into skiing and winter sports, making a killing in the Alps, where he now does rentals and also handles businesses for sale.

And despite the lockdown and fewer visitors, his Leggett Immobilier is ready to take off when Covid restrictions end and people start travelling to ski again.

Lively Trevor recently hosted me on a whirlwind  weekend tour of the Chamonix region, and its beautiful Belle Epoc village of St Gervais and everywhere we went he was hailed as a hero by French locals who value his market dominance, and his excellent French language skills.

“Very important to parlez properly when you come to France,” muttered Trevor, as he speedily hurtled me round the region on a look-see of the region’s fine real estate opportunities, particularly in Saint Gervais.

He tells me that In France homes and businesses cost around 25% less than in the UK, and with a better health care service than the UK.

Trevor  is finding  more and more buyers from Britain, many  of whom are skiers seeking a pad for themselves, which they can later rent to holidaymakers, who are expected back in droves this coming ski season.

leggett Immobilier started out as a small family company and has grown into a nationwide business with –

  • More than 600 agents
  • 70 support staff representing
  • 18 nationalities covering
  • 12

In addition to its sales service, Leggett also have an in-house finance and legal team providing client support throughout the sale.

Leggett is now a leading international estate agency in France – the biggest seller of French property to international clients and winner for the seventh year running, of ‘Best Real Estate Agency France’. Leggett has also carved a niche in French real estate, with 50% of the buyers being French, unrivalled by any other estate agency.

Despite its growth, the family feeling is still strong and continues to be a friendly, supportive company that values every client. This makes Leggett unique in the world of French real estate.

The Alps Team Leggett have 40 local, bilingual agents based in the Rhone Alps, and their boast is to find buyers their perfect property.

They have a portfolio of over 1000 ski properties for sale, as well as access to many “discreet” listings of properties not available on the open market. Properties range from chalets to apartments, barns to new builds, and renovations to businesses, with options to suit all tastes and budgets. They are planning a move into the property rental business too.

Trevor showed GSG round beautiful Saint Gervais, arguably the prettiest town in the Rhone Alps, where Leggetts have some great ski and year-round properties for sale.

With its eye-pleasing Belle Epoch architecture this small mountain town is lovingly being hailed by visitors, and preserved by the state with Ancient Buildings status; and has a very tough M Le Mayor, who battles to preserve the beauty of the village.

A big draw for visitors is St Gervais spa, which now it carries the Loreal name, and treats locals and visitors with its healing, sulphur-laced waters.

It is a recently-refurbed full-service spa, with every treatment under the sun, from cancer care to beauty treatments and majoring in wellness. Its spa areas have amazing warm thermal waters where tired skiers have their aching limbs, hydro massaged. Magically recuperative, I found after a tough day on the slopes with Mr Speedy.